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Dignity, respect anchor opportunity, right to serve
This month, as we prepared to celebrate our nation’s independence and to contemplate all that we hold dear as Americans, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter made the announcement that the Department of Defense was opening military service to transgender Americans.The announcement detailed an implementation of the new access in stages across the next
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Default Air Force Logo Reflect on our legacy as warriors
Veterans Day is a time to reflect on our legacy as warriors and defenders of liberty and our great nation.Unlike Memorial Day, which commemorates those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, Veterans Day recognizes all who have answered the call of our nation. It is a celebration of the patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and
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Default Air Force Logo Thanks for a great weekend!
The 2011 Kirtland Air Force Base Open House on Sunday was a huge success! An estimated 50,000 of our friends and neighbors visited the base to take in a series of awe-inspiring displays of American airpower. The Air Force Academy's "Wings of Blue" parachute team delivered the American flag during the national anthem for the opening ceremony;
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Default Air Force Logo 9/11 anniversary is a time for remembrance
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the bravery of passengers on Flight 93; later this year, we will mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In both cases, our adversaries underestimated the resilience, dedication and spirit of the American
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Default Air Force Logo Americans’ freedom paid for by patriots
Of all the principles that became a reality with the birth of our nation, none is more cherished by our citizens than their freedom to live as they choose.All Americans enjoy that freedom as their birthright, and many have chosen to defend that freedom by serving the nation, both in and out of uniform.Those who serve know that freedom and
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Chief Master Sgt. Vernon L. Thompson Strong leadership holds the line
In my experience, effective leaders demonstrate a team approach without favoritism toward anyone. Good leaders are good listeners, who provide clear and concise direction on decision-making, articulate their message well and keep emotions out of the decision process. Ineffective leaders demonstrate large egos, a "so-what" mentality toward the
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Default Air Force Logo Remembering Sept. 11
Tomorrow will mark the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and regardless of where people were that day, I imagine everyone at first was numb with shock. On that day nine years ago, I was assigned to the Pentagon and lived the horror of the attack on our nation firsthand.The initial reports were vague, but as the day went
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Col. Robert L. Maness, left, 377th Air Base Wing commander, presents a coin July 15 to Capt. Peter C. Talley, 377th Comptroller Squadron, for his development of the FM desktop reference.  U.S. Air Force photo by Marie Vanover. Spirit of the Tiger
The emblem of the 377th Air Base Wing features both a stylized aircraft and the head of a tiger. What that says to me is that our mission - providing nuclear surety in defense of our nation - means we must act with the spirit of the tiger. Like the tiger, we must prove ourselves to be strong enough to dissuade any potential adversary -- engaging us
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Default Air Force Logo I'll call him "Rick"
In the words of his military friends and co-workers, Rick was one of the greatest guys you'd ever want to meet: A hard working NCO in a high operations tempo unit, a family man, a compassionate friend always seeking opportunities to help others in his unit succeed. Rick was humble, they said. He would never take credit for his talents, instead
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Default Air Force Logo Commander’s Corner: Top 10 things to do
Some of you may have seen a recently popular book titled "1000 Places to See Before You Die." In a less ambitious list, Smith¬sonian magazine this month lists their "28 Places to See Before You Die." As military members, many of us get travel opportunities that few others enjoy. And yet, we are probably all familiar with the feeling you get about
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